When it comes to caring for their bodies, women want to know that the advice they get is medically sound AND in line with their values and their faith. This groundbreaking new reference offers guidance readers can trust as two Christian obstetrician/gynecologists explore the medical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual aspects of women's health. Writing the essential reference guide for Christian women of every age, Farhart and King make use of the most current research to explain everything women need to ...
When it comes to caring for their bodies, women want to know that the advice they get is medically sound AND in line with their values and their faith. This groundbreaking new reference offers guidance readers can trust as two Christian obstetrician/gynecologists explore the medical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual aspects of women's health. Writing the essential reference guide for Christian women of every age, Farhart and King make use of the most current research to explain everything women need to know about their bodies from puberty to menopause and beyond, including alternative therapies, diagnostic suggestions, and the latest recommendations for physical exams. Unlike some medical reference books, the tone here is reassuring, not scary, and targets the underserved Christian segment of the female population.
Scott Farhart, MD, is an obstetrician/gynecologist with more than twenty years of experience treating women and advising them to make healthy choices from a Christian perspective. As the brother-in-law of Pastor John Hagee, he is a member and elder of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of Intimate and Unashamed, as well as being regular contributor to JHMagazine, the bimonthly magazine of John Hagee Ministries. He and his wife, Sandy, have been married since 1983 and have two children.
Elizabeth King, MD, graduated from Texas A & M College of Medicine and has been practicing medicine since July 2005. She has been featured in several local television interviews with a reputation as one of the most popular obstetrician/gynecologists in San Antonio. She resides in the San Antonio area with her husband Aaron, a Christian physician specializing in diabetes, and their son Daniel.
List of Abbreviations xiv Foreword Diana Hagee xv Introduction xvii Section 1 Puberty: Your Changing Body
1 Woman as Designed by God 1
2 Body Image 14
3 Sex and Teens 20 Section 2 The Healthy Woman
4 Your Gynecologist and You 27
5 Emotional Health 35
6 Diet and Exercise 42 Section 3 Sex and the Single Woman
7 Dating and Sex 53
8 Sexually Transmitted Diseases 59
9 STD Prevention 74
10 Abortion 84
11 Post-Abortion Recovery 90 Section 4 The Married Woman
12 The Wedding Night 99
13 Methods of Birth Control 105
14 Sacred Sex 122
15 Female Sexual Drive 132 Section 5 Congratulations! You're Going to Be a Mother
16 When You're Ready for a Baby 143
17 Infertility: Causes and Treatments 151
18 The First Trimester 163
19 The Second Trimester 178
20 The Third Trimester 178
21 Childbirth 187
22 The Postpartum Mother 198
23 The Life of a Perimenopausal Soccer Mom 208 Section 6 Living Life at Midlife and Beyond
24 Everything Menopause 217
25 Surgery 101 228
26 Life Beyond Forty: Maintaining Your Health 239
27 Women and Cancer 247
28 Aging and Intimacy 257 Notes 267 Glossary 282 Index 288 List of Abbreviations ACOG: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists AIDS: acquired immunodeficiency syndrome AMA: American Medical Association CDC: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention FDA: Food and Drug Administration HIV: human immunodeficiency virus HPV: human papillomavirus HRT: hormone replacement therapy JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association NIH: The National Institutes of Health NIAID: The National Institute of Allergy and InfectiousDiseases NSAID: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug OB/GYN: obstetrician/gynecologist PAS: Post-Abortion Syndrome PASS: Post-Abortion Stress Syndrome PID: pelvic inflammatory disease PMDD: premenstrual dysphoric disorder PMS: premenstrual syndrome STD: sexually transmitted disease